The Winter 2019 issue looks at the impact that the gig economy and other factors have on our attitudes and shifting priorities regarding the nature and future of human work – have we abandoned the dignity and integrity of the worker to the incessant demands of the marketplace?
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A recent workshop held in Trinity College Dublin, Regulating the Future of Work: a Christian Ethics Perspective considered the insights that Christian Ethics can bring to the dialogue on working life. The Winter 2019 issue of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review reproduces all the papers delivered at the workshop, bringing the discussions and perceptions of the event to a broader platform for consideration.
As the marketplace reigns as King, the perception is that the economy today has become detached from ethics and that the needs of business outweigh those of the individual. What guidelines and philosophies should inform public dialogue when shaping policy and law? Catholic Social Teaching, with its focus on the common good and its emphasis on work as a source of human dignity and fulfilment, emerges as a significant source of wisdom and perception. It is argued that omission of this voice would deprive the conversation of valuable insights as we face the challenges of the evolving labour market of today and tomorrow.
This issue of Studies also pays tribute to Fr Ronan Drury, editor of The Furrow from 1977 – 2917.